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Advanced Design Applications
A Standards-Based High School Model Course Guide



Advanced Design Applications
Applications Overview

Sample Unit
Unit 1: Manufacturing Technologies

Sample Learning Cycle




Advanced Design Applications

Intended Audience
Grades 10-12 (Foundations of Technology highly recommended)

Course Overview
Advanced Design Applications consists of four units including Manufacturing, Energy and Power, Construction and Transportation. The Manufacturing unit examines the advances that maintain manufacturing efficiency, how human consumption affects manufacturing, how manufacturing affects the standard of living of various peoples, and how processing and changing raw materials can produce more desirable products. The Construction unit examines a number of the factors influencing the design and construction of permanent and semi-permanent structures, the practices related to construction maintenance, alteration, and renovation, and the functions of the primary systems installed in those structures. The Energy & Power unit explores the relationship between energy and power technologies and all other technologies, and how modern energy and power systems impact cultures, societies, and the environment. It also offers an examination of how energy and power systems can be made more efficient and how they may be utilized in problem solving. The Transportation unit examines the complex networks of interconnected subsystems that each transportation system comprises and the roles of these components in the overall functional process of the system. It also analyzes of the improvements and the impacts of transportation technologies on the environment, society, and culture.

Course Length
36 weeks

The Advanced Design Applications course has been designed as an advanced study for students engaged in themed academies and general technology studies that lead to the capacity to understand how technology’s development, control, and use is based on design constraints, and human wants and needs. The structure of the course challenges students to use design processes so that they can think, plan, design and create solutions to engineering and technological problems. Students are actively involved in the organized and integrated application of technological resources, engineering concepts, and scientific procedures. Students address the complexities of technology that stem from designing, developing, using, and assessing technological systems. In developing a functional understanding of technology, students comprehend how human conditions and personal preferences drive technological design and problem solving. Actively engaged in making and developing, using, and managing technological systems, students better understand the role of systems in meeting specific purposes. Students are able to assess and understand the behavior and operation of basic technological systems in different contexts. Students extend and transfer their knowledge of systems to new and emerging applications by the time they graduate from high school.

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